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Backblaze's DIY Pod 6.0 can be scaled to house 480TB of data

Building your own server ‘pod’ isn’t exceedingly <i>hard</i>, but Backblaze just made it far easier with its new Pod 6.0 scheme, which can house up to 480TB of memory.<p>Backblaze also says it can deliver storage at a mere $0.036 per gigabyte, which it claims is about 1/4 the cost of Amazon, Google or …

Cloud Computing

Don't Pack These Bike Tools in Your Carry-On Luggage

When you’re packing for your next bike trip, it’s important to make sure your carry-on is TSA-friendly. Not only can smart packing save you time in security lines and help you avoid getting your bag unpacked and searched, but it could also save you money in the long run: Replacing items that TSA …

6 Calendar Hacks That Help You Quit Procrastinating

It's easy to throw events and due dates onto a calendar, but making them all fit is another matter. Calendars too often turn into minefields rather …

How to Travel as a Couple

<i>Photo credit: RTWLovers</i><p>Traveling with your significant other adds a new level of adventure to your trip. You share unforgettable experiences that range from heart wrenching to adrenaline inducing to awe-inspiring. All in the course of a day!<p>But travel is full of pitfalls to make even the most …

Weekly business update: Microsoft sues Justice Department, Amazon may buy airport, and more

Forget about Apple and the FBI going pawn-for-pawn on the legal chessboard for the past few weeks – Microsoft is bringing the digital privacy fight to the government.<p>Last week, The New York Times reported that the immutable software behemoth is suing the Justice Department over its frequent use of …

U.S. Department of Justice

FBI Wanted Apple to Unlock More Than Just One Device

Apple versus the FBI isn’t just about one phone.<p>A court filing unsealed Tuesday revealed that the U.S. Justice Department has sought court orders to …

How To Never Reread The Same Email Ever Again

These four steps can help you break the habit of scanning your emails, then hunting for them later.<p>Smartphones have made email overload worse. In just a few taps, you can scan your emails pretty much all the time. And even if you’re just giving your inbox a quick glance, that time piles up and is …

DJI's new software update keeps your drone in line

Personal drones are some of the hottest gadgets of the moment - but how do drone makers ensure their customers aren't flying drugs into prisons, …

Why Does Hot Water Freeze Faster Than Cold Water?

Yep, it's true - and the chemistry is fascinating.<p>Lots of you in the Northern Hemisphere will be in the middle of yet another winter, and some might …

5 tweetable tips to help you use Twitter like a boss

Twitter isn't just a place where people post Throwback Thursday photos. With over 170 million active users, it has become a major source for news and real-time updates around the world. In 140 characters or less, Twitter users can spread ideas and trends like wildfire.<p>While some aspects of your …

Apple ad-blocking software scares publishers but Google is target

Apps that prevent ads making it to the screens of mobile phones topped the charts this year. What will the consequences be in 2016?<p>When Apple revealed that its new operating system for mobile phones, iOS 9, would feature what the company called “content-blocking Safari extensions”, no one really …

Ad Blocking

The Paranoid Style of American Policing

When officers take the lives of those they are sworn to protect and serve, they undermine their own legitimacy.<p>When I was around 10 years old, my father confronted a young man who was said to be “crazy.” The young man was always too quick to want to fight. A foul in a game of 21 was an insult to …

Justice

The 7 Million Dollar Habits

Do you remember the first time self development became important to you?<p>I do. I was 7 years old and I was in love with basketball. My mother had …

Rise and fall: The numbers behind the lifecycle of mobile games

One of the most popular games over the last two years, <i>Candy Crush</i>, reduced its 2014 forecastafter reporting lower-than-expected second-quarter …

LHC Re-creates First Moments Of The Universe And Sets New Energy Record

Big Bang Theory IRL<p>What was the universe like in the first few moments of its existence? We may not have a time machine to go back and witness that exact moment, but scientists are now able to recreate that brief and momentous time in the lab.<p>Today, the operators of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) …

Physics

7 Reasons Why People Who Draw Mind Maps Are More Hireable

You’re talented, you have great ideas and you’re hard working, but you’re often unrecognized, misunderstood and taken for granted.<p>Whether it’s in …

15 Drone Photos That Leave Us Speechless

Our friends at SkyPixel are running a drone- and aerial-themed photography competition and some of the submissions have been (very literally) over the top. This technology has already changed the way we capture our travels—providing new angles on everyday subjects. Here are 15 of our favorite …

Photography

7 Time Management Techniques for Teens

Some weeks, it seems like we have no time.<p>Your high schooler may feel the same way. And when they're stressed about upcoming tests and losing track of assignments, their grades can suffer.<p>To help your teen get organized and on track for school, introduce them to these 7 time management techniques …

Time Management

4 renovations that could decrease your home’s value

Thinking of getting rid of a bedroom to expand another? Make your choice carefully.<p>Removing a bedroom is one of those home-improvement blunders that …

Graphene Could Give Us Sleek Night Vision Sensors

As goggles, and maybe even smartphone cameras or windshields<p>Because of its unique chemical and physical properties, graphene has helped scientists design new gadgets from tiny computer chips to salt water filters. Now a team of researchers from MIT has found a new use for the 2D wonder material: in …

Engineering

In Greece, Driverless Buses Are Now Accepting Passengers

An automated bus program goes with the flow of traffic<p>Greek commuters have a new way to get to work: a completely driverless bus that operates within normal traffic. The buses are part of a program that has been running in Trikala, Greece, since earlier this summer, but so far they’ve only been …

Commuting